BY KEITH IDEC
Kevin Magee would like to study to become a physical therapist in college.He developed an appreciation of physical therapy in seventh grade, when the Pompton Lakes junior suffered a dislocated left wrist while playing touch football.
“My wrist actually popped out of the socket,” said Magee, The Record Male Athlete of the Week. “It was pretty gross. They popped it back in and put the cast on it. Then the physical therapist showed me these exercises and got me back to normal. I thought that was pretty cool. I could see myself doing that someday.”
If Magee continues pitching the way he has throughout this season, he’ll be able to choose from among many Division I colleges that can prepare him for that career.
He has a 9-0 record, a 0.64 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 54 innings, a ratio topped in North Jersey only by St. Joseph star lefty Rob Kaminsky, a probable first-round selection Thursday night in the Major League Baseball Draft. Magee has walked just five batters this season.
He was particularly spectacular last week.
Magee threw a three-hitter and struck out 12 to beat Wayne Valley, 7-3, in the Passaic County semifinals May 27. On three days’ rest, he threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 14 to defeat New Milford, 7-0, in the North 1, Group 1 final Friday.
The Cardinals’ win against New Milford gave them two tournament championships within a remarkable 24-hour span.
They’ll play Dayton in the Group 1 semifinals today at William Paterson. If Pompton Lakes advances to its second consecutive Group 1 final, Magee would start that game Saturday at a time and site to be determined.
“We showed we can play with anyone,” Magee said, referring to Group 1 Pompton Lakes defeating Group 3 and Group 4 teams on its way to its first county title since 1996.
“It would mean a lot to get [to the Group 1 final] again, to perform there again, especially for the seniors. That’s the dream, so hopefully we can get there.”